Do you think it makes any difference who "swipes" and is being swiped?
I mean way back Ozzy Osbourne' son did a manga under like Dark Horse Comics but he was tracing Tite Kubo (Bleach) and it was sort of obvious and everyone knew he liked Kubo. But IIRC Kubo's reaction was more "WOW! I'm being swiped by OZZY'S kid...I'm actually flattered" -needless to say though, Dark Horse canned the project.
That aside major plagiarism has happened in published professional work.
Did you know that Batman (1939) was littered with swipes/traces? That's right. Bob Kane swiped other artists work. Fucking BATMAN. But thats old news now.
Hell. When the 1989 movie was coming out, folks wanted Bob Kane to do promotional art and he swiped THAT TOO.
And yet without plagarism, Batman would not exist AT ALL. (Or at least exist in a very visually different form -writing could still be by Bob Fingerman
We would not have Dark Knight, or an upcoming Batman v Superman or ANYTHING.
And yet....people KNOW the truth now, but his work is in MUSEUMS.
Do you think who plagiarizes and who is being plagiarized affects public perception?
And is it still "worth" it if something "good" comes out of it?